Out of work and desperate to feed his family after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, “Johnny Walker” applied to become a translator for U.S. force. Turned down and nearly destitute, he was on the verge of despair until one night he interceded in a dispute with some Iraqi women and American MPs. Impressed, the MPs arranged to hire him as their interpreter, better known as a “terp” among American forces.

​ Johnny did such a good job that several months later, an elite unit of Navy SEALs took him under their wing. He quickly became the most sought-after terp in the country, receiving numerous citations and commendations for his work.​

Credited by SEAL sniper Chris Kyle with saving countless American lives, Johnny spent six years working with SEALs and other special operations forces throughout Iraq, completing over a thousand missions. After narrowly escaping two attempts on his life, Johnny was helped to the U.S. by the SEALs in 2009. He and his family currently live in California, where he helps train special operations units.


THE story of the iraqi man u.s. NAVY SEALS call 'brother'

written by jim defelice, author of american sniper